Back when I visited Headline HQ back in May one of the books they were previewing I was most excited about was C.R.Y.P.T by Andrew Hammond, and after begging for a copy I managed to bring one home with me. It’s taken me a while to get around to reading it (I started it on Friday) and I’m enjoying it so far.
So, when Sam, from Headline asked it I wanted to have a guest post by Andrew, and what it would be about, I jumped at the chance! 😀
So, if you’ve ever wanted to know know how to seek out paranormal activity in your home town, read on!
Keep your mind open
The universe is full of limitless possibilities and isn’t bound by what we think we know. Scientists agree that 90% of what makes up our universe is still hidden from view – so we call it dark matter. Atoms are the building blocks of everything you see, and yet 90% of an atom is still unexplained. So when someone says ghosts can’t exist. Ask them, ‘How do you know that?’
As we get older they say our belly broadens and our mind narrows. Fight the trend.
Keep your senses on ‘receive’
We know so little about our brains – it’s like owning a Ferrari and never leaving first gear. Extra-sensory perception (ESP) isn’t just a myth, it’s how we live. It’s part of what makes us human. We’re highly sensitive, multi-sensory animals. And the world isn’t bound by the five senses we’ve managed to explain. There’s a lot more out there we can detect, if we try. Emotions linger as residues in rooms – like you can always tell when there’s been an argument in a room, or when someone has died in a house.
If you notice: drops in temperature, a chill in the air, a sense of foreboding, a sense of someone watching you, a feeling of calm or a feeling of panic, a sense of sadness or a feeling of elation, an insatiable curiosity, or a random thought that drops into your head for no apparent reason, don’t dismiss it because you can’t explain it – go with it and see where it leads you. (Just don’t go out alone!).
Know your history
The lives of the deceased, their thoughts, emotions and dreams are written into the fabric of the world around us. Your house, your street and the area around you is a living archive of past lives. Find out who lived there, what they did, who they loved, how they died, and if there are reasons why a disembodied spirit might want to return. The best ghost hunters are historians, archeologists and archivists – they know the history of a place so they know what to expect.
I don’t believe time flows in a thin line with the past behind us and the future up ahead. We’re all swimming randomly in the same pool, and sometimes we bump into someone – makes no difference if they’re alive now or alive in Victorian times.
Get the gadgets
CRYPT agents believe that a disembodied spirit is made up dark matter. It emits an electromagnetic field which attracts ionized plasma, like a magnet attracts iron filings. The plasma is usually translucent, so you can’t see it, but if the levels of electromagnetism are raised then the plasma becomes more solid. CRYPT agents know that these levels can rise or fall depending on the mood of a disembodied spirit. If a ghost is at peace then it’s invisible, that’s why we don’t see ghosts all around us. But if you anger a ghost, its electromagnetism rises and the plasma that surrounds it hardens. And you can see it, and if it’s solid enough, it can touch you.
So keep your EMF meter handy. Other useful gadgets are ionization detectors (for detecting ionized plasma), motion sensors (for when you’re not in the room), electrostatic locators, temperature sensors and thermal image cameras.
CRYPT agents are particularly fortunate – they’re issued with Electromagnetic Neutralisers too. They reduce the power of ghosts – but it takes time. And sometimes, time is not on their side.
Andrew Hammond, author of CRYPT: The Gallows Curse
|Meet Jud Lester: Star agent with CRYPT, the Covert Response Youth Paranormal Team. When a crime is committed and the police are at a loss, CRYPT is called in to figure out whether something paranormal is at work.Jud is their star agent. Jud, unwillingly paired with new recruit Bex, has just landed his biggest case yet …people have been disappearing in mysterious circumstances while others are viciously attacked – yet there are no suspects and a complete lack of hard evidence.The only thing that links each attack is the fact that survivors all claim that the culprits were 17th century highwaymen. Can Jud and Bex work out what has caused the spirits of these dangerous men to return to the streets of London before they wreak more death and destruction?
A fantastic blend of teenage spies, horror and ghost-busting for fans of Cherub and Young Bond.